What you need to know
This book is for beginners who have no previous experience of ASP, C#, XML, object-oriented programming, or the .NET Framework. A little knowledge of HTML is useful, but by no means essential as all the concepts that you need in order to create dynamic ASP.NET web sites are presented and explained in full.
What you will learn from this book
This book will teach you how to build tailored ASP.NET web sites from the ground up. It covers the following broad topics (see the book's Introduction for a more detailed explanation):
- The early part of the book is dedicated to familiarizing you with the anatomy and basic functionality of HTML, XML, ASP.NET, the .NET Framework, and C#. This done, it looks at the way in which they can be used together to create flexible web sites.
- The second part of the book introduces object-oriented programming which is crucial to maximizing your benefit from .NET. Ideas are explained in detail with many programmatic examples and real-world analogies.
- Having laid the groundwork we then progress to discussing the technologies and techniques that ASP.NET can draw upon to increase its functionality. This includes ADO.NET for data source access, Web Services for inter-web site communication and the encapsulation ideas of Server and User Controls to ease code maintenance and reuse.
- The book concludes by considering the ways in which you can optimize your ASP.NET sites to increase their speed, security, and robustness; detailed advice on debugging is also included.
"ASP.NET is a logical and powerful progression for developers – it's the future for web development. This book provides the perfect platform for those moving into this exciting technology. Once you reach the end of this book, you will be prepared to confront the exciting new world of .NET web application development."
—Robin Dewson, Consultant, Lehman Brothers.